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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Feb 15, 2019.

  1. The part of the car or truck you stare at day in and day out while you are driving your hot rod or custom - The dash.

    I was riding in a friends car recently and we were talking about the modifications he wanted to make to the stock dash and he came by the house last night to look at the modifications I did to the wagon.

    He thought my dash was stock until I showed him a photo of a original '54 Ford and I got to thinking about all the cars the Hambers have but there must be a lot of you guys that have created some real stand out dash's, so I would be great if you could add a original look dash and your custom dash. HRP

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    Our reworked wagon.

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  2. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 593

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  3. grimmfalcon138
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 135

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    from az

    6173043425_07a8e4890b_b.jpg IMG_20190215_132255.jpg I can't say I'VE made it stand out. But I certainly simplified it.
     
  4. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 10,972

    DDDenny
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    from oregon

    All I got!
    Before:
    Pretend those holes aren't there.

    After:
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  5. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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    from wareham,ma

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  6. I agree. Dashes are an important part of a car & are often over looked. Some of our currant wagon project going together.

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  7. My is in the rough stage....I took two 1959 Chevy dashes and combined them. Now I am making a fiberglass copy of it so I can mount it in my radial 1963 Bird.
     
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  8. Rambler man Dan
    Joined: Mar 24, 2018
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    Rambler man Dan
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    Chappy nice to see another spitfire owner on here to...


    Here is mine from my 59 rambler wagon. Almost complete except a few switches and some pin striping on the panel opposite of the speedo panel.
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  9. My 51, after [​IMG]
    Still not quite done, switches to left, gauges on right, indicator lights around speedo, behind perf steel
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    My 51, before, as I was starting
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  10. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,286

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    from Michigan

    I like the ka-nobbies, Russ.
     
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  11. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,366

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    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    My '39 Deluxe coupe-an original dash, and my re-worked dash (my car is an old HotRod) a previous owner started on the dash, I continued by filling holes, painting it, etc, adding all Stewart Warner gauges, and adding an additional chrome trim at the lower portion.
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  12. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    The best modified dashes don't scream that they have been modified. They look like they should have been that way in the first place.
     
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  13. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,509

    Dooley
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    from Buffalo NY

    My dash is quiet
    Not quite right though
     
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  14. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
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    This is my 41 Plymouth dash. I resisted the temptation to smooth it and sunk the instruments into the original gauge housing. Also kept a stock steering wheel and horn ring. I'm really happy with how it turned out. 0729181615_HDR.jpg
     
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  15. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 2,630

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    from Berry, AL

    Mine with stock gauges

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    With SW gauges mounted in stock panel

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    Color change to gloss black

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    Have now added GM tilt column and 67 Chevelle wheel, not shown
    In hindsight, I should have painted the gauge bezels black to hide them better. I'm not happy with the way the dash paint turned out, so it will be redone at a later date.
     
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  16. …….

    I've been weighting for that! Go Dooley (or dually)
     
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  17. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 270

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    Started as an off topic rat/street rod from PO. Removed GM tilt column, one piece windshield, vintage air, ugly steering wheel. Replaced stock column and wheel. Modified original shift lever to operate turn signals, rebuilt stock heater, filled radio and ash tray/air conditioner holes, changed transmission from AOD to manual. Modified switch area to space out switches. Happy its done.


    Before.jpg Under contruction.jpg After.jpg
     
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  18. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 981

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    The original dash on my newest project had the original gauges hacked out, with only a rusty thin sheet metal outer surface remaining. The after picture is an in progress picture, the steering wheel has been replaced with an old 15" Superior wood grip wheel, and the under dash wires hanging around under the dash have been tided up, but the paint surrounding it is still ugly. Gene
     

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  19. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 424

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    20190215_212619.jpg View attachment 4192916 This dash in my '37 sedan has served me well over the 30 years since I put it in. The gauges are nothing special - clustered on the raised portion. In the center I closed the radio opening and ash tray. My 1980s era A/C unit is huge by today's standards and was designed with a large outlet direct from the box that would exit under the center of the dash. I dropped the center of the dash so I could put a radio under the A/C outlet. The Vintage Air controls are early engraved. I painted the engraving for contrast. The left knob is headlights and the right is wipers.
     
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  20. My girl thought the after was a lot better than the before.......
     
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  21. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
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    Not to be an ass but some of these stock dashes look a lot better than the after photos.
     
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  22. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,802

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    I rarely see a custom dash that I prefer or even comes close to the stock dash. But this one I like!




    Bones
     
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  23. No before, just the after on my Ford. Fortunately all the chrome just needed a polish. I found new gauge faces to fix up the fuel & temp gauges, added the Summit gauge pack and generally painted everything else. 629-013.JPG 629-015.JPG
     
  24. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 8,931

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    from Missouri

    OT dash I have been working on.
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  25. J'st Wandering
    Joined: Jan 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,576

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    I see where you are coming from. It is tough to improve on some of these original dashes. They have more going on then a cluster of round gauges. But then again, round gauges are better then LED displays. I don't have a problem with gauges mounted below the dash.
     
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  26. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 6,898

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    I usually do not change the dash much,the manufactures spent time and effort to make it flow with the rest of the car and I would most likely screw it up.
     
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  27. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 363

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    Here's 3 pics of mine. Sometimes I think I should have gone with engine turned insert, then sometimes I don't, depends on which way the wind is blowing. The gauges are Classic Instruments and kind of hard to read especially at night. I was going to use SW Wings but won these thru P&J which was a deciding factor. 100_3065.JPG

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  28. Here is what I made for my '31 sedan. Wanted the shape to look similar to a Model A. Made it from a piece of 1/4" aluminum and engine turned it.
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  29. theHIGHLANDER
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,554

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    New gauges, late 40s Dodge turn/bright light indicator, glove box door filled and smoothed, and of course custom woodgrain (go figure). The burl on the switch plates was added and of course the V8 'inlay' as well over the filled glovebox door. The radio delete and switch plate/ashtray bezels were rechromed, I'll paint the stripes in the radio delete (not shown) a bright burnt orange to highlight and compliment the needles in the gauges. I don't like the digital odometer but it was a small concession, and I really dig the font on the new gauges.
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  30. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,423

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    The dash I built for my Roadster and the Dealer give away pocket knife with a working key in it. Gary 27 roadster dash 002.JPG 27 roadster dash 004.JPG 27 roadster dash 006.JPG 27 roadster dash 008.JPG
     
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